Lamphere HS sending 98% of seniors to college

Posted at 6:30 PM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 18:31:52-04

It is a story that aims to fix your school by amazing example.

Today, the senior class at Lamphere High School in Madison Heights went to an assembly celebrating the fact that almost all of them have already been accepted to college.

Students signed pennants, posed for photos, and were congratulated by Principal Greg Fuller.

“Ninety-eight percent of our graduating seniors are going off to college next year!  Congratulations,” announced principal Fuller.

It is a phenomenal statistic in a nation where only 69% of people go to college. How did they do it?

The principal gives credit to two guidance counselors.

The Lamphere High counseling office is extremely proactive. Counselors take kids to college fairs. They give one-on-one attention. They give kids shirts that read “Accepted” every time they are accepted into college and send an announcement out on social media recognizing the achievement. It creates social pressure to come up with a post-high school plan.

“I have chills up and down my spine today because it is so so rewarding,” said Marjorie Alexander, LHS Counselor as she watched the assembly.

This assembly is a last step at reinforcing the belief continuing their education can lead to dreams achieved.

Kids say the school changed the trajectory of their lives. Some say they weren’t worried about going to college right away, but now that the school helped them make decisions and line everything up - it is their plan.

"Lamphere pushed us to do what we thought we couldn’t do,” said Montez Fennick. “That is what I like about Lamphere.”